The Vineyards

We are really proud to work with what we think are some of the greatest wine producers on the planet. Most of them are small family run productions who's whole life is based around the vineyards. Tim has become very close with many of his producers and this personal relationship allows Tim to stay on the pulse with developments on the vineyards. 

Nino Franco

Antonio Franco founded the "Cantine Franco" winery in Valdobbiadene in 1919.
Valdobbiadene is located at the foot of the Prealps, in the Venetian region, and is famous for the Prosecco vine and wine production.

This winery is proud to be one of the oldest in Valdobbiadene, located in the town centre, not far away from the countryside and the vineyards.

Thanks to a careful and wise management, the estate has been growing and evolving throughout three generations of producers. Antonio founded it, Nino Franco expanded it and Primo improved the company performance throughout the years. 1982, when Primo took over its management, was the turning point.

Primo began to travel and to successfully export the wines in Europe as well as in the Americas and the Far East. At the same time he invested in the production process in order to make higher quality wines, eliminating all those wines that were atypical for the area. He also started to monitor closely the grape cultivation with the aim of achieving high quality from the raw material level to the final product.

Primo Franco was one of the first pioneers to export the Prosecco and to introduce a different sparkling wine than Champagne into the international market. He has been successful, thanks to his open mind personality, his spontaneity, reliability and competence as well as his charm and ability to communicate his love for his job, and last but not least thanks to his high quality and delicious wines.

Anyone who has visited the magical city of Venice has most certainly encountered the famous wine of Prosecco.

The legendary estate of Nino Franco, located in the celebrated region of Valdobbiadene, has been producing Prosecco wines for more than three generations. Primo Franco, grandson of the original founder, Nino, professionally and lovingly moved this estate into the twenty first century, setting the example to other producers.

Unquestionably one of the top producers of Prosecco today, the quality of the man is to be found in his wine.

American wine critic Robert Parker scored Rustico 89/100.

Rustico is clean and fruity, with a creamy texture and a lemon and melon aftertaste.

Braida

The Bologna family are the heartbeat for this winery which was started by Guiseppe Bologna then passed down to Giacomo and his wife Anna who have two siblings Raffaella and Beppe. Raffaella and Beppe are both Oenologists with different talents; Raffaella for marketing and Beppe for agriculture and production.

Braida are renowned for producing world class Barbera, Bricco della Uccellone was the first serious Barbera produced aged in French oak for 12 months. 

Montebruna is the baby of the family, the wine is quite forward and drinking immediately. The sweet wines are both fizzy, ideal after dinner, on their own or with dessert.

A village which is at the centre of the world.  It all began with the nickname “Braida”, which was acquired by the great-grandfather Giuseppe Bologna who was a champion in playing “pallone elastico” on town and church squares, a typical sport of the Piedmont region. Giacomo Bologna inherited both vineyards and nickname from his father, but above all an unconditional love for his land and wine.

Giacomo ventured to produce a Super Barbera, vinifying the grapes into a quality wine and maturing it subsequently in French barriques barrels, a practice unknown to most at that time but widely used nowadays. Bricco dell’Uccellone, the flagship wine of the company, has now become one of the world’s leading Italian wines. Since 1961 until today Braida has been the amplified and faithful image of the philosophy of Giacomo and Anna, their prospect of life, earth, wine and friendship.

 Raffaella and Giuseppe Bologna, both oenologists, are the third “Braida” generation and are united by the initial dream to elevate the Barbera grape into a noble status which for some would seem to be reserved only for international varieties.

At the winery Braida the courage of the young generation is combined with firmly rooted traditions. Indigenous varieties such as Moscato, Brachetto, Grignolino and the famous Brabera grape, vinified into its typical “petillant” version ‘La Monella’ or the traditional still red wine ‘Montebruna’, are kept as basis of the product line alongside with varieties that are corresponding with the taste of the international market: therefore Merlot, Pinot Nero and Cabernet are used in the modern style blend ‘Il Bacialè’..!

Domaine Du Haut Bourg

Located in the heart of the Appellation Muscadet Côtes de Gran-dlieu, the Domain du Haut Bourg has been built by four generations of winegrowers. The first vine was planted in 1945 and today the total area of the vineyard has grown to 42 hectares.

The grape varieties of the domain : 

  • Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet) 22.20 hectares
  • Folle blanche (Gros Plant) 4.90 hectares 
  • Grolleau Gris (white) 1.60 hectare 
  • Sauvignon (white) 4.20hectares 
  • Grolleau (rose) 2.30 hectares 
  • Gamay (red) 5.30 hectares 
  • Merlot (red 1.10 hectares 
  • Cabernet (red) 1.00 hectare 

Our vineyard is entirely located in the town of Bouaye. The soil mainly contains micaschiste, granit and sand. It gives a good balance and richness to our wines. The lac de Grandlieu (south), the Loire river (north) and the low altitude (from 15 to 25 meters) has created a microclimate characterized by small differences bet-ween day time and night time temperatures. This phenomenon enables an early harvest.

Michelle Satta

Michele Satta estate was created in 1984 when he decide to leave his previous occupation of farm management. . He planted his first experimental vineyard in 1991 with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These two grape varieties show great expression and character in the area of Bolgheri, while Sangiovese is his favourite variety. At the same time he also decided to experiment with the potential for Syrah. Then in rapid succession he bought other adjoining vineyards so that he now has a total of 30 hectares, planted with vines which all express the great potential of this area. He enlarged his cellar to the size it is today, excavated into the rock and built underneath the hill below his vineyards.

The estate was created in 1984, at the moment when I decided to leave my previous occupation of farm management in order to take the risk of becoming a specialist. My passion for the land brought me from Varese to Castagneto after completing my university studies. I became fascinated by a product like wine which involves technical as well as cultural aspects. Instinct told me that I should aspire to the highest level of achievement in this field and the moment I met Attilio Pagli, I knew that I was destined to become a wine grower. After what was a very difficult beginning, with various problems stemming from leasing property and so on, we started building a cellar.That was in 1988. The 1990 vintage, which revealed the great potential of the Sangiovese grape to me, also marked the first use of oak barrels on the estate. In 1997 I purchased seven hectares which bordered my property, thus consolidating the estate, and continued planting vineyards according to my own criteria, and enlarged the cellar to the size it is today, by excavating into the rock to build underneath the hill below our vineyards.I finally had enough space to age all my red wine in barriques. Then in rapid succession I bought other adjoining vineyards, making a total of 10 hectares, and I also planted vines on land rented under a long lease, so that I now have a total of 25 hectares, planted with vines which all express the great potential of this area.

Collazzi

In the 1990s, the Collazzi vineyards and cellars came in for radical upgrading, with the intention of producing high-calibre wines of striking personality.

Management of the vineyards aims for total respect of the land and the environment, and this reverence is the heartfelt legacy that will be handed down to future generations. The quality of these vines reflects how harmoniously the soils, the climate, and the grapes have evolved together over time.

The restructuring of the vineyards began in the mid-1990s, with Lamberto Frescobaldi directing the project on behalf of the Marchi family. The Collazzi soils are sandy, partly clay, rich in limestone and gravel; these conditions led to the planting of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, in addition to the traditional sangiovese. This varied selection, combined with the area’s mild climate, ensures production of wines that are complex and distinctive.

The vines are planted at a density of over 6,150 vines per hectare, trained to both spurred cordon and Guyot systems; only a few buds are allowed on the vines, which yield a truly complex wine with a long-lingering finish.